The second day of our trip we went to the ruins of Pompei. We had a personal tour guide and we spent around four hours walking around and seeing the amazing ruins. For those of you who don’t know Pompei was a fairly large town with fortress walls, two watch towers and nearly 12,000 people. In 79 AD a nearby volcano, Vesuvius, started showing signs of eruption. By the time the volcano actually erupted, the entire city was evacuated except 3,000 who perished under 30ft of volcanic ash and pumice. Archaeologists began excavating around 1500 and now have excavated 2/3 of Pompei. The other 1/3 is waiting to be excavated for the future generations when there is hopefully better technology.
There were beautiful frescoes and mosaics, and also some stray dogs haha. On a side note, there were an oddly large amount of stray dogs, but they were incredibly sweet, well-behaved, and not aggressive at all! I have found most dogs, stray or not, to be extremely well behaved here, its an interesting observation I have made and one I enjoy because I will always choose petting a dog over anything.
After admiring a large part of Pompei, we left and headed to Naples to see the Archaeological museum where there were mosaic works from ancient civilizations and from Pompei as well. We did not stay in Naples for very long, honestly it is not the best place I’ve seen so far, I am glad I just stayed in the museum.
From Naples we headed to Sorrento where we would stay for the next few days….